Daily Schedule

“I really enjoyed the way the seminar was organized and provided the participants with the opportunity to take ownership of their learning experience. The mosque visits were an invaluable part of the seminar as well.” –2017 Participant



Sunday, July 7           Arrivals

Monday, July 8        Introduction to Seminar
Unless otherwise noted, all program meetings will be held in IUPUI Campus Center Room 306.

9:00 – 10:00    What Brought You Here? What questions do you want answered?

10:00 – 11:00 What Have You Always Wanted to Know about Islam, But…

Portrait of Yarrow Mamout by Charles Wilson Peale

Readings: Jane I. Smith, Islam in America (chapters 1 & 5 to be read before arrival)

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Introduction,” History of Islam in America, 1-9

11:00 – 12:00 Overview of Seminar Goals, Curriculum, and Expectations

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00      Orientation to IUPUI Library & Discuss Research Projects in the IUPUI Library Room 1130

2:00 – 5:00     Obtain Crimson Card (ID needed)

      Study and Research Time

Tuesday, July 9       African American Muslims in the Antebellum South

9:00 – 12:00    Readings: Omar ibn Sayyid, The Autobiography of Omar Ibn Sayyid (1831), 5-9

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Islamic Beliefs and Practice in Colonial and Antebellum America,” History of Islam in America, 59-94

           View and Discuss Prince among Slaves (60 min.)

1:00 – 5:00    Get Crimson Card by today (ID needed)

                      Study and Project Research Time  

Wednesday, July 10  History of Muslim Immigrants and Converts 

9:00 – 12:00     Readings: Mohammed Alexander Russell Webb, “Islam in America” (1893), 9-18

Mosque in Ross, North Dakota

Interviews with Syrian Muslim Sodbusters in North Dakota, 29-39

KambizGhaneaBassiri, “Race, Ethnicity, Religion, and Citizenship,” History of Islam in America, 135-164

1:00 – 5:00     Study and Project Research Time  

Thursday, July 11     The Flowering of African American Islam 

9:00 – 12:00    Readings: Excerpts from Moslem Sunrise newspaper, including “I Am a Moslem” (1921), “True Salvation of the American Negroes” (1923), “Crescent or Cross: A Negro May   Aspire to any Position under Islam without Discrimination” (1923), and “Living Flora—And Dead” (1924), 53-58Picture1.png

Noble Drew Ali, The Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple (1927), 59-64          

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Rooting Islam in America,” History of Islam in America, 165-227

1:00 – 5:00      Individual Research in Library; Individual Meetings with Director

Each participant will discuss the scope of his or her individual teaching project with the director; we will schedule these meetings during the morning session.

Friday, July 12          Mosque Visit No. 1

9:00 – 11:00    Introduction to the Islamic salat, or prescribed prayers, and cultural etiquette

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NEH Scholars Visit al-Huda

11:00              Depart for Fishers, Indiana

12:00               Arrive at Al-Huda Mosque, Fishers, Indiana, http://alhudafoundation.org/

1:20                 Attend Friday Congregational Prayers

3:30                 Return to Campus

4:00                 Discussion/Debrief


Monday, July 15         Assimilation and Dissent: Muslim America in the Cold War
9:00 – 12:00

          Readings: Abdo Elkholy, The Arab Moslems in the United States (1966), 76-85 


Shaikh Daoud Ahmed Faisal, Al-Islam: The Religion of Humanity (1950), 64-72

Elijah Muhammad, “What the Muslims Want” and “What the Muslims Believe” (1965), 76-96

Piri Thomas, Excerpt from Down these Mean Streets (1967), 85-92

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Islam and American Civil Religion in the Aftermath of World War II,” History of Islam in America, 228-271

1:00 – 5:00     Study and Project Research Time  

Tuesday, July 16      Malcolm X and His Legacy in U.S. History and Literature

Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and kids

  9:00 – 12:00    Readings: Malcolm X, “Interview with Al-Muslimun,” 96-104

           W. D. Mohammed, “Historic Atlanta Address” (1978), 116-120

           Minister Louis Farrakhan, “Million Man March Address” (1995), 130-139

1:00 – 5:00     Study, Group Meeting, and Project Research Time  

Wednesday, July 17      Religious Revival from the 1970s until Today                  
9:00 – 12:00     Readings: Jeffrey Lang, Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam (1995), 139-148 

         Sally Howell, “Finding the Straight Path: A Conversation with Mohsen and Lila Amen about Faith, Life, and Family in Dearborn” (2000), 148-158

          Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “A New Religious America and a Post-Colonial Muslim World,” 272-326

1:00 – 5:00     Study and Project Research Time  

Thursday, July 18                 Women and Gender in Muslim America
9:00 – 12:00    Readings: Damarys Ocana, “Our Stories: A Leap of Faith” (2004), 158-166

          Asra Q. Nomani, Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam (2005), 169-178762128.jpg

Leila Ahmed, “From Abu Dhabi to America,” (2000), 183-188

Asma Gull Hasan, American Muslims: The New Generation (2000), 207-215

Azizah al-Hibri, “An Introduction to Muslim Women’s Rights” (2001), 215-223

Amina Wadud, Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective (1999), 223-231

Khalida Saed, “On the Edge of Belonging” in Living Islam Outloud: American Muslim Women Speak (2005), 231-238

 1:00 – 4:00      Director Available for Consultation in IUPUI Library

Friday, July 19          Mosque Visit No. 2

Amina Wadud leading mixed gender prayers, 2005

9:00 – 11:00

Readings: Imam Zaid Shakir, “An Examination of the Issue of Female Prayer Leadership” (2005), 239-246

Laury Silvers, “Islamic Jurisprudence, ‘Civil’ Disobedience, and Woman-Led Prayer” (2005), 246-252

Ingrid Mattson, “Can a Woman be an Imam?  Debating Form and Function in Muslim Women’s Leadership” (2005), 252-263

11:00 – 12:30              Lunch (on your own)

1:00                             Depart for Nur Allah Mosque

3:30                             Return to Campus


Monday, July 22        Muslim American Public Life after 9/11
9:00 – 12:00                Discussion Leader: Program Director

        height.182.no_border.width.320.jpg   Readings: Council of American-Islamic Relations, “The Status of Muslim Civil Rights in the United States” (2005), 268-275

Laila Al-Marayati, “American Muslim Charities: Easy Targets in the War on Terror” (2005),  

United States of America v. Earnest James Ujaama,” (2002), 275-287

          Fiqh Council of North America, “Fatwa against Terrorism” (2005), 293-296         

           Omid Safi, “Being Muslim, Being American after 9/11,” (2002), 296-302

          Spoken word: Suheir Hammad, “first writing since” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxKItHJ06E)

          Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, “Between Experience and Politics,” 327-378

1:00 – 5:00     Study and Project Research Time  

Tuesday, July 23                   Muslim American Spirituality and Religious Life
9:00 – 12:00                 youth.jpg          

Readings:  Betty Hasan Amin, “Hajj in a Wheelchair,” Azizah Magazine (2002), 339-346

 Abdul Rauf, “Who is God?” in Qur’an for Children (1995)

 Shakina Reinhertz, Women Called to the Path of Rumi (2001), 348-358     

                        Aminah McCloud and Frederick Thaufeer al-Deen, A Question of Faith for Muslim Inmates (1999), 368-377

1:00 – 5:00      Individual Conferences and Research in Library

Participants will give progress reports and seek input from the director on their independent research projects.

Wednesday, July 24              Contemporary Muslim American Voices

9:00 – 12:00     The group will help to identify topics of conversation, and the director will gather a round table of Muslim Americans from central Indiana to discuss these topics.

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2015 NEH Scholars

Thursday, July 25   

Islamic Ethics in America

Readings: Suhail Mulla, “Online Advice about Muslim Youth” (2004 and 2005), 378-384

                        Islamic Medical Association of North American (IMANA), “Islamic Medical Ethics” (2005), 384-395

                        Yahia Abdul-Rahman and Abdullah S. Tug, “Introduction to Lariba Financing” (1998), 395-401

Capital D, “Culture of Terrorism” from Insomnia, 402-405

1:00 – 5:00      Study and Research Time; Program Director and Consultant Available

2017 NEH Summer Scholars

Friday, July 26     Discuss Teaching Tools    9:00 – 12:00   

During the final day, participants will discuss the teaching tools they developed and what they learned from working on the tools. Participants are also encouraged to submit the tool for possible publication on the seminar website.